VIEWS presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection

VISAKH MENON+HEAVY BIRDS
VIEW 83

View 83 is a video collaboration between the band Heavy Birds and video artist Visakh Menon. Conceptually the video centers on the transformation & distortion of landscapes as seen in nature and those created via the digital realm. The viewing & recording of these landscapes through optical devices and screens, produces spatial and temporal distortions in light and perspective so as challenging our perception, memory and experience of the moments we witness in them. Visually the video is multi-layered non narrative journey across various national parks of America intermixed with motion graphics and sound reactive digital landscapes produced generatively with Processing Code.

Heavy Birds approached the music from various aspects or "views", concerning modern day recording. The initial step was recording organic instruments, including cello, guitar, organ, and drum, live, onto an Analog tape machine. The music was then mixed and reversed by utilizing Protools with another engineer. Finally, after a "thrown-out" version of a cassette transfer, the final track was re-mixed in Garageband, where a slight digital drum machine was added to aid the video visuals.

Credits:
Composed by Ryan Drag / Lia Mooney.
Performed by Ryan Drag (guitars),Lia Mooney (cello, organ), & Jim Laakso (percussion).
Recorded by Hugh Pool at Excello, and Rob Laakso at Vacation Island.
Mixed by R. Laakso & Heavy Birds.
Edits & re-mix for 'Views" project by Ryan Drag.
Video by Visakh Menon

Heavy Birds are a psychedelic-rock outfit from Brooklyn, that have released their music worldwide on various formats. Their discography currently includes the ambient LP "Pearl St." on the boutique label Mineral Tapes, a self-distributed 7" single, and their latest full-length "Drag" on limited ed. cassette and soon to be released on vinyl via Moon Records, as well as, having had their music included in independent films. Live they have been compared to such groups as the Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3, and labeled by the press as, "Drone-psych perfection" - CMJ. The composition "View 83" is an original piece specifically intended for the Leo Kelbs collection (the bands first art collaborative project), to accompany visual artist Visakh Menon's video piece.
heavybirds.bandcamp.com/, vimeo.com/heavybirds, facebook.com/heavybirdsband

Visakh Menon is a visual artist & art director from India currently based in New York. His interdisciplinary work spans sculptural installations, video / media art & works on paper. His recent body of work focuses on the creation of physical manifestations of digital artifacts and objects of fictionalized reverence, often born out of fascination for certain aspects of technology & human machine interaction.

Visakh has exhibited nationally and internationally including recent shows at the NY Film Fest at Lincoln Center, Filmgate Interactive (Miami), DUMBO arts festival, Fountain Art fair, Governor’s Island Art Fair, Spattered Columns (NY), Paul Kolker Collection (NY), Gallery Aferro (NJ), Digital Media City Gallery (Seoul) and his works have been included in the Rhizome Art Base. He was selected for the Mentoring Fellowship for Immigrant Artists at New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 (NYFA). In 2007 Visakh received an MFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
visakhmeon.com, , @tapeglitch

# vimeo.com/133917237 Uploaded 257 Plays 0 Comments

Follow

VIEWS presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection

kuelbs Plus

featuring:
Bordos
Daniella Imhoff
Mighty KongBot (Domenico Barra+Luigi Console)
Kitzinger Gabor+Alex Hamadey
Karl Erickson+Justin King
Visakh Menon+Heavy Birds
Nina Sobell+Laura Ortman
Jeremy Couillard+Dennis Vos

Curated by Leo Kuelbs

“Views”…


+ More

featuring:
Bordos
Daniella Imhoff
Mighty KongBot (Domenico Barra+Luigi Console)
Kitzinger Gabor+Alex Hamadey
Karl Erickson+Justin King
Visakh Menon+Heavy Birds
Nina Sobell+Laura Ortman
Jeremy Couillard+Dennis Vos

Curated by Leo Kuelbs

“Views” is a New Media Video Art exhibition curated by Leo Kuelbs to be presented in galleries, online and in cinemas, around the world. As mankind moves further into the virtual world, “Views” asks participating artists to demonstrate evolving notions of the meaning of “Landscape.” The traditional painted landscape was a 2D visualization of a 3D/4D reality; a fixed perspective document encoding its own contemporary practices and hierarchies, i.e. man’s position versus nature. This ongoing relationship, as seen from multiple cultural perspectives, is central to “Views.”

Technology has continually affected landscape and its reflections of contemporary life and values. Whether it is terrestrial movement, trains, cars, airplanes—our relationship to landscape has changed with the times. But, until recently, landscape was typically relegated to a 2D surface. The advent of digital technology has provided unprecedented access into 3D virtual landscapes: the perfect continuation and reflection of our times and landscape’s continual analogous evolution. “Views” traces a continuum from observable representation of the real to the ability to create digital representations of the same, as well as create wholly new and interactive realities and spaces. This shift from the 2D to 3D Immersive Surfaces, and what this change represents in society as a whole, are key points of departure and exploration for “Views.”

With thousands of years of history behind and an unknowable future ahead, “Views” will reveal connections between rapidly evolving digital realities like gaming and glitch to analog representations of the terrestrial. Through the development and presentation of work from multiple platforms, “Views” explores new ways of “place-making,” while examining continuities and linkages between seemingly disparate periods of engagement. “Views” seeks to create a common language and dialogue between our past, present and future relationships to landscape.

Shout Box

Heads up: the shoutbox will be retiring soon. It’s tired of working, and can’t wait to relax. You can still send a message to the channel owner, though!

Channels are a simple, beautiful way to showcase and watch videos. Browse more Channels.